BENNINGTON - Decorating at the Bennington Museum is being planned and will be underway soon for the museum's most anticipated and celebrated fundraiser of the year, the annual Festival of Trees. Going into its 17th year, from Nov. 29 through Dec. 30 the museum will present a community created exhibit of uniquely designed and decorated holiday tree. This year, the designers and creators of the vignettes were welcomed into the museum where they each selected an item from the museum's collection that is rarely on exhibit. With over 60,000 items in the museum's collection, these "hidden gems" will become the centerpiece and inspiration of each vignette. This year's theme "Hidden Gems," invited local businesses, non-profit and service organizations in Bennington and surrounding communities to explore their creativity as they designed and created their vignettes, with over 20 being created for the entire family to enjoy.

Some of the galleries will also be adorned with the museum's traditional trees. Added to these are the tabletop trees, decorated by elementary school classes from Bennington and surrounding communities. Family Day and Children's Shopping Day - Saturday, Dec. 7, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The museum is located at 75 Main Street in Bennington. Visit or call 802-447-1571.